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  • Date:17 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:25,643
  • Dempsey (31) Ruiz (33)
Goal!

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92mins

Gary Cahill takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.

91mins

Gretar Rafn Steinsson crosses the ball.

90mins

Mark Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Baird. Chris Baird takes the free kick.

88mins

Danny Murphy decides to take a short corner.

86mins

Foul by Dickson Etuhu on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Eagles, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

86mins

The ball is crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

84mins

Moussa Dembele produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

84mins

Chris Eagles takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

80mins

Foul by Danny Murphy on Nigel Reo-Coker, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

79mins

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

78mins

Fabrice Muamba takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.

77mins

Bryan Ruiz has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

77mins

The ball is sent over by Moussa Dembele, clearance by Marcos Alonso.

76mins

The official flags Ivan Klasnic offside. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.

74mins

Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Clint Dempsey fouled by Nigel Reo-Coker, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Bryan Ruiz.

73mins

David Ngog is penalised for a handball. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

73mins

Moussa Dembele is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

73mins

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Zat Knight gets a block in.

72mins

Bryan Ruiz fouled by Mark Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

71mins

Chris Eagles has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

70mins

The ball is crossed by Andrew Johnson, Shot by Clint Dempsey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

66mins

Centre by Andrew Johnson, Clint Dempsey has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

64mins

Centre by Chris Eagles, save by David Stockdale.

63mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Andrew Johnson. Gretar Rafn Steinsson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy, clearance by Zat Knight.

62mins

Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

62mins

The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.

61mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcos Alonso on Clint Dempsey. Danny Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by David Ngog.

60mins

Foul by Dickson Etuhu on Fabrice Muamba, free kick awarded. Chris Eagles crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Danny Murphy.

58mins

Shot by Fabrice Muamba from outside the box goes high over the target.

57mins

Fabrice Muamba takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.

56mins

Ivan Klasnic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Ngog is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Davies. David Stockdale restarts play with the free kick.

52mins

The official flags Kevin Davies offside. David Stockdale takes the free kick.

48mins

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the right by-line, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.

47mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Johnson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.

47mins

Bryan Ruiz takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Gary Cahill.

47mins

The ball is swung over by Andrew Johnson.

46mins

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ivan Klasnic misses to the left of the goal.

46mins

(Bolton) makes a substitution, with Gretar Rafn Steinsson coming on for Dedryck Boyata.

46mins

Chris Eagles is brought on as a substitute for Darren Pratley.

44mins

Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Andrew Johnson, free kick awarded. Fabrice Muamba goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.

43mins

Darren Pratley produces a cross, Philippe Senderos manages to make a clearance.

42mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by John Arne Riise. Dedryck Boyata restarts play with the free kick.

41mins

Mark Davies takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.

39mins

Ivan Klasnic challenges Brede Hangeland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Arne Riise.

38mins

Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Dickson Etuhu gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Davies from the right by-line, Header by Kevin Davies from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

36mins

Andrew Johnson sends in a cross, clearance made by Gary Cahill.

35mins

Bryan Ruiz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba. Direct free kick taken by Marcos Alonso.

34mins

A goal is scored by Bryan Ruiz from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Fulham 2-0 Bolton.Clint Dempsey provided the assist for the goal.

32mins

The ball is swung over by Bryan Ruiz, Clint Dempsey scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Fulham 1-0 Bolton.Bryan Ruiz provided the assist for the goal.

32mins

The referee blows for offside against Bryan Ruiz. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

31mins

Handball decision goes against Ivan Klasnic. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

30mins

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Davies, Effort on goal by Marcos Alonso from long range goes over the crossbar.

29mins

Corner taken by Mark Davies from the right by-line to the near post.

29mins

Corner taken short by Mark Davies.

28mins

Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

27mins

Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy. Corner taken by Danny Murphy.

27mins

Booking for Nigel Reo-Coker for unsporting behaviour.

23mins

Mark Davies challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick. John Arne Riise takes a shot. Fabrice Muamba gets a block in.

21mins

Shot from just outside the box by Darren Pratley misses to the left of the target.

18mins

Corner taken by Danny Murphy, Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Blocked by Marcos Alonso. Danny Murphy takes the inswinging corner, Brede Hangeland produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

17mins

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.

17mins

Foul by Kevin Davies on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Philippe Senderos takes the direct free kick.

14mins

Ivan Klasnic produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

12mins

Foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Philippe Senderos.

11mins

The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.

10mins

Danny Murphy takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Short corner worked by Danny Murphy.

10mins

A cross is delivered by John Arne Riise, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.

9mins

Andrew Johnson produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

7mins

The offside flag is raised against Andrew Johnson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.

7mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Nigel Reo-Coker misses to the left of the goal.

2mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Davies on Moussa Dembele. Philippe Senderos takes the direct free kick.

1mins

Unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by John Arne Riise results in a free kick. Zat Knight delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

Match Preview

Jol wants winning return Manager Martin Jol believes Fulham can get back to winning ways against Bolton - even without Bobby Zamora. The Cottagers suffered last-gasp heartache in the Europa League on Wednesday, with Odense netting a stoppage-time equaliser that saw them miss out on the knockout stage. Jol admitted the players were still in shock on Thursday but are in a positive mindset ahead of Bolton's visit to Craven Cottage. "There is always some positives in everything," Jol said. "It was awful. It was a shock to go out in the dying seconds of the game, allowing them to have a break and get in a perfect cross. "It is all well [looking back at it] in hindsight but we can focus now on the games in the league. If you look at the league table, we need to focus on wins and getting points on the board. "We need to try and win these home games [like Bolton]. We talked about it, we look forward now and we don't have to play all these matches [across Europe]." While confident of a positive response, Jol revealed Zamora could miss the match. The England international has a medial ligament issue in his left knee and faces a late fitness test. "Bobby Zamora has got a little problem with his left knee and we will make an assessment [on Saturday]," Jol said. "We are still confident that he can feature. "Steve Sidwell's not involved still because of his hernia problem but he has had a couple of injections and hopefully he will be fit next week to join us again. "[Danny] Murphy is back and 100% fit, although Simon Davies will miss out with a back injury." Fulham will also be without influential goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who has been diagnosed with a compression injury to his thoracic spine. The Australia international will miss up to six weeks with the problem picked up against Swansea last weekend, resulting in 21-year-old Neil Etheridge making his first-team debut against Odense. England squad member David Stockdale will between the sticks after being recalled from a loan spell with Ipswich and Jol is confident in his ability. "Mark's injury was a big disappointment because he is always fit to play and played all the matches," the Dutchman said. "We had to give Neil Etheridge his debut and he is a big talent but Stockdale will be in goal and hopefully it will be four or five weeks rather than seven or eight with Schwarzer. "That said, David gave us a very positive feeling last year when he came in. "We called him back and of course he is a very talented guy. He did well in the last spell and there's no doubt he can't do a job for us." Owen Coyle is determined to turn Bolton's fortunes around to pay back the fans who have been so good to him in his time as both a player and manager at the club. Coyle was a popular figure during his two-year stint as a Trotters striker in the 1990s and, despite the team losing 12 out of their 15 Barclays Premier League matches this season under his guidance and sinking to the bottom of the table, there have been few dissenting voices against the Scot so far. Coyle is grateful for the way he has been treated by the Bolton faithful and feels they deserve better than what they have seen from Wanderers of late. "I was very fortunate to be here as a player and the fans were very kind," Coyle said. "They knew the type of player I was - not the best player in the world but I was wholehearted and I gave everything I could. "That is the same now as a manager but you have to accept that the fans pay good money to come and support the club loyally, home and away, and we have to start giving them something back. "As a manager I am doing everything I can, as are the staff, to help the players facilitate that. "We know how football works, and we know how quickly it can change. We can win games and get a smile back on those fans' faces." After the Fulham game, Bolton's remaining fixtures in 2011 see them travel to Blackburn before hosting Newcastle and Wolves. Coyle added: "We have now been in the bottom three along with Blackburn and Wigan for a couple of months. "It has not been enjoyable - it is hurting every day. There should be no fear attached to any of our players because for us the only way now is moving up. "We are going to Fulham and there are games coming up to new year where we can pick points up."

Formation:442Manager: Martin Jol

Fulham

Formation: 442Manager: Owen Coyle

Bolton

  • David Stockdale
  • Chris Baird
  • Philippe Senderos
  • Brede Hangeland
  • John Arne Riise
  • Bryan Ruiz
  • Danny Murphy
  • Dickson Etuhu
  • Clint Dempsey
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Moussa Dembele
  • SUBS
  • Neil Etheridge
  • Stephen Kelly
  • Carlos Orlando Sa
  • Marcel Gecov
  • Damien Duff
  • Aaron Hughes
  • Kerim Frei

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Match Report

Cottagers bounce back Fulham showed no signs of a European hangover as they dominated bottom side Bolton to secure a deserved 2-0 victory at Craven Cottage. The Cottagers came into their 31st competitive match of season with added impetus after their untimely exit from the Europa League in midweek. Martin Jol's side squandered a two-goal lead to eventually draw with Odense on Wednesday night, although there was to be no such comeback this time. Fulham attacked with intent from the offset against the under-pressure Trotters and broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Clint Dempsey nodded home Ruiz's cross. Roles then reversed 66 seconds later when the United States international played through the summer signing, who showed exquisite composure and vision to lift the ball over the onrushing Jussi Jaaskelainen. Bolton impressed in flashes after the break but were unable to avoid a 13th league defeat of the season as Fulham held out for a seventh clean sheet of the campaign. Heading into the match, Fulham were hit by the news that Bobby Zamora had failed a late fitness test. The 30-year-old missed out due to a medial ligament problem in his left knee and was replaced in attack by Andrew Johnson, who was one of seven changes made by Jol after the 2-2 draw with Odense. Counterpart Owen Coyle, meanwhile, drafted in Marcos Alonso, Fabrice Muamba and Nigel Reo-Coker after Bolton's 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend. An edgy start by both sides was encapsulated by an uncharacteristic mistake by Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu, who was caught in possession and allowed Reo-Coker to flash a shot across goal. The effort seemed to spur the west Londoners into life, with Johnson coming close after a neat one-two with Dempsey almost immediately. Returning skipper Danny Murphy - who fans feared may have aggravated his ankle injury inside five minutes - showed no ill effects shortly after Johnson's effort, seeing a superbly-executed volley deflected just wide. Johnson had a close-range shot blocked by former Fulham defender Zat Knight as the home side upped the ante, with Etuhu and Brede Hangeland then getting headers away from corners. Darren Pratley came close with a 20-yard effort during a rare Wanderers attack, before Jaaskelainen turned wide John Arne Riise's drive from 20 yards at the other end. Bolton were playing like a team devoid of confidence and, after Hangeland twice miscued headers, Dempsey broke the deadlock. The United States international beat Dedryck Boyata to Ruiz's superb right-wing cross to send home a darted header in the 32nd minute. Just 66 seconds later, Fulham doubled their advantage thanks to a moment of magic from Ruiz. The Costa Rica international was put through on goal by Dempsey after outpacing Alonso and, having steadied himself, delightfully scooped the ball over the onrushing Jaaskelainen. Bolton looked to reduce the deficit as half-time approached, although Ivan Klasnic and Mark Davies were both denied by Fulham's sturdy defence. Bolton manager Coyle brought on Gretar Steinsson and Chris Eagles, having witnessed a poor first half. Boyata and Pratley made way but the changes could not stem the Fulham tide as they continued to press for a third. Bolton captain Kevin Davies made way for David Ngog as a result in the 56th minute, leading to a slightly improved spell from Wanderers. Klasnic and Muamba were finding good attacking positions, while the visitors were enjoying more possession. However, Fulham looked dangerous on the break and, after Johnson was adjudged offside when in on goal, Dempsey came agonisingly close to directing home the striker's cross at the back post. Bolton looked desperate for a goal and, although Eagles and Muamba got efforts away, their exertions left gaping holes at the back. Johnson and Mousa Dembele almost capitalised as Fulham hunted for a third, which proved elusive as the home side ran out 2-0 victors.

Form Guide

    WLDDWL
  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Bolton
  • LWLLLL

Last Meetings

  • Fulham
  • 3 - 0
  • Bolton
  • 27/04/2011
  • Bolton
  • 0 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 14/08/2010
  • Bolton
  • 0 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 06/02/2010
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 1
  • Bolton
  • 28/11/2009
  • Bolton
  • 1 - 3
  • Fulham
  • 14/03/2009
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 1
  • Bolton
  • 13/09/2008

Top Scorers

Fulham

  • CD Dempsey 4
  • A Johnson 3
  • B Zamora 3
  • B Ruiz 1
  • M Dembele 1

Bolton

  • I Klasnic 6
  • C Eagles 3
  • KC Davies 2
  • N Reo-Coker 1
  • G Cahill 1
  • F Muamba 1
  • D Ngog 1
  • D Boyata 1

Goals

Fulham

    • Total goals 34
    • Goals per game 16
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Bolton

    • Total goals 38
    • Goals per game 20
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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